Things I have Written Lately (and an #ocis2014 storify link)
So, while this blog has been a bit quiet, I’ve been busy elsewhere. I hope to be back blogging regularly here soon. For now, here are some links to writing/ other things I’ve done elsewhere recently:
I spent Thursday and Friday last week at the 6th Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS) at the University of Melbourne. Lots of great presentations, conversations, and new ideas. The weather even largely held out!
I was livetweeting those panels I went to, and while the twitter stream was only a few people on the first day it picked up on day two. I’ve collated the tweets from the #ocis2014 tag in a Storify, which you can read through here. The Storify is obviously only a portion of the conference, but at least on the first day feminist security studies/peace studies was well represented!
I presented on the multiple, often contradictory ways youth are conceived in global politics and become referents for security practices and discourses. It doesn’t exist as a paper yet, but will post it when it does.
In the last month or so I’ve also been writing in other places around the net:
I was asked to write a piece for the excellent Local First website’s blog. It is on acknowledging and engaging youth and their resilience and potential for peacebuilding in their daily lives: Recognising Youth.
While young people are denied access to formal politics, and are spoken for in elite level discussions of peace, or overlooked in orthodox accounts of peacebuilding, a local-led approach has the capacity to recognise that they are present in the complexity of everyday life. Adding ‘youth’ to our conception of ‘the local’ in active, engaged ways strengthens opportunities for more complete engagements with peacebuilding.
Also on the topic of young people’s political participation, I wrote at TheConversation.edu in relation to the responses by the media and politicians about young people’s involvement in the protests against the recent budget announcement in Australia: “Slackers or delinquents? No, just politically engaged youth!”
Being on the margins of formal expressions of politics does not mean young people are marginal to the politics of our nation. They are protesting against the budget because it will directly affect their future. Those on the margins without access to platforms and privilege use what is left to them: their bodies… Despite the best efforts of those in positions of power and privilege, the youth of Australia cannot be swept away by exhortations to manners and politeness.
I also had an academic piece published in the International Journal of Children’s Rights, which is based in my Colombian fieldwork, and which I’m very excited to have out in the world. I posted about it earlier, you can find a link to download it as a pdf in that post also.
As always, let me know if you have any thoughts, or suggestions for reading based on these things.